Many new readers are engaged in labor battles and social struggles, which have been on the rise.
Supporters of the Militant participated in a public health forum on Ebola Oct. 25 attended by 300 people in Brooklyn Park, a suburb of Minneapolis with a large Liberian population. At the forum, Militant supporter Ruth Robinett said Cuba has sent large medical teams to countries in Africa affected by the Ebola epidemic, while the U.S. has not, “because health care here is a profit-based business, not a human right.” A total of 18 people signed up to receive the Militant at the meeting and in the surrounding area.
In New York partisans of the socialist weekly took part in a meeting Oct. 25 of more than 200 in support of the Cuban Five. (See article on front page.) That night others joined a “Solidarity Event for Shengal and Kobani,” organized by the Kurdish American Society. “I’ll get these articles around to others I know,” said Erdad Kose, a Kurd originally from Turkey and a professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, who had read the Militant’s coverage of the Kurdish struggle, and bought a subscription at the event.
Members of UNITE HERE Local 54 demonstrated Oct. 24 in front of billionaire Donald Trump’s Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Oct. 24 to protest the voiding of their contract by a federal bankruptcy judge.
“They want everything put on the workers,” Kaushik Vashi, a member of Local 54 and a housekeeper at the casino, told Militant supporters as he bought a copy of the paper. “It’s like robbery.”
The Unifor local at the Bombardier railcar plant in Thunder Bay, Ontario, mailed a Militant subscription to the paper’s supporters in Montreal last week. Last month a Militant reporting team covered the union’s successful strike against the company’s attack on pension benefits for new hires.
In Omaha, Nebraska, Militant supporters talked to workers at shift change at the Kellogg Company cereal plant there, where members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers union have been working without a contract since May. Workers bought seven copies of the paper and one subscription.
“I’m asking that you renew my subscription and continue to cover the news that the capitalists will not,” a prisoner in Florida wrote. He was one of 32 workers behind bars who subscribed to the Militant in the last seven weeks, bringing the number of incarcerated workers who read and circulate the paper to 106! “I am working hard to get other inmates to subscribe to the paper,” wrote another prisoner.
If you would like to subscribe to the Militant or help get it around, contact distributors near you. (See list on page 8.)
More than 2,500 subscribers! (week 7) (chart)
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